The Urban Farming Guys
3700 E. 12th St.
Kansas City MO 64127
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 732-3554
Mission Statement
Helping disadvantaged communities rebuild from within. At the Urban Farming Guys, we focus on building local economy, capacity, and resilience while giving back to the global open source community.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Helping disadvantaged communities rebuild from within. At the Urban Farming Guys, we focus on building local economy, capacity, and resilience while giving back to the global open source community.
Background Statement
Jason and Candy Fields moved to the blighted Lykins Neighborhood in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast ten years ago and immediately began building community and implementing various urban agricultural projects. In 2012, they incorporated UFG as a 501(c)3 with the primary focus of ending the food desert in this census tract while modeling best practices for others to emulate in underserved areas around the world. UFG has built programs focused on community gardens, community supported agriculture, aquaponics, internships, and a social media campaign with video tutorials boasting over 100,000 followers around the world. In 2016, UFG added a 4,500 ft2 greenhouse to expand its growing capacity as well as a 20,000 ft2 building known as the makerspace to house a new innovation center, classrooms, and community meeting spaces. In 2017, Urban Farming Guys will be combining its longstanding traction in the neighborhood with these new resources in order to magnify efforts to impact an environment of improved health in the community.
As a homegrown, grassroots organization, UFG is uniquely qualified to respond to the needs of the Lykins community. The majority of the UFG team, including its staff and lead volunteers, reside in the neighborhood, providing first-hand experience with the environment that contributes to the food crisis. For the past ten years, the organization has worked side-by-side with other community residents to find impactful ways to respond to a challenged environment. This symbiotic relationship between our non-profit and our environment gives us a unique ability to respond to the needs of our neighbors with a holistic approach that focuses on local economy, local capacity, and local resiliency.
Impact Statement
The most significant achievements from last year include:
  • In 2018, the MakerSpace officially opened with volunteer memberships. We are holding classes, engaging youth in afterschool programs, including our new neighborhood robotics team. We're using the MakerSpace to help build opportunities where they don't exist in the urban core.  We now cutting edge technologies available to those who want to build, create, learn, and market their own products.
  • We completed the 100 foot hydroponic floating raft system which is producing 1000 heads of lettuce every week.  We're sharing with an open source community around the globe via DIY videos and smart technologies shared over the internet to over 100K facebook followers and 60K youtube subscribers. Mozilla helped us with a grant the complete the system, and the aquaponic side should be complete by 2019.
  • We've acquired 2 new properties for interns and currently working an an ADA compliant property for members, interns or visitors who are in wheelchairs.
  • We used our grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to build out classroom space, improve the commercial kitchen space and provide education around healthy living, eating and growing.
The goals for the coming year include: 
  • We plan to continue increasing classes, programs and events at the Makerspace to provide STEAM education and creative ways to build entrepreneurship and skills, which is a resource in Lykins neighborhood.
  • The educational smart greenhouse will continue to increase it's capacity with the aquaponic demonstration alongside the current hydroponics, as well an some vertical growing, while continuing to automate and build open source, scientific data around these systems.
  • We will create more DIY videos to share our progress and knowledge to those around the globe who are doing great things with little resources.
  • We hope to find great partnerships with other organizations, foundations and companies to increase capacity and reach.
Needs Statement
  • Funding for the hiring of a new Program Manager to facilitate and evaluate our programs.
  • Funding for the hiring of a full-time Farm Manager to oversee our agricultural processes and infrastructure.
  • An ADA-Compliant Family Restroom
  • Funding, In-Kind Donations, and volunteers for after school programs.
  • Renovation of the 2nd floor of the Makerspace for more classes and events.
Service Categories
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Engineering & Technology
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement It burns within us to serve the poor and help build opportunities for those who have very little. When my wife and I came to this work 10 years ago, we chose not to see the blight, crime, and hopelessness that surrounded the vacant homes, trashy lots and vagrant population. Instead we saw the beauty of the people, their stories, the history of the land, and the character of the homes. We chose to see what can be done with available resources and new relationships. We were surprised by how many people did truly care and were willing to spend precious time and money to make a small difference, even when it’s not quite enough. The inspiration we gain from those around us continues to be greater than anything we could ever do for them. It’s become a true village, where we’re invested in each other’s lives. It is an honor to be a part of this organization as it serves to help disadvantaged communities rebuild from within.
Healthy Food Access programs are fundamental to the health of a community because they support the availability and affordability of good nutrition. Like many underserved areas, Lykins is a “food desert” because of its limited access to high quality and fresh foods, which leads to diet-based diseases for individuals and economic stagnation for communities.
The Community Garden program not only provides raised garden beds to Lykins Neighborhood residents, but it is also a space where participants learn valuable skills and build relationships with their neighbors. Now that we have indoor classroom space, we are developing additional nutrition and cooking classes through the Makerspace to support Healthy Food Access education.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Through this program community members will learn how to grow their own healthy food as well as how to process and market healthy food as part of an income-generating project. As participants gain knowledge in nutrition and gardening, they will be empowered to make choices that support improved health.
Long-Term Success The goal of the UFG Healthy Food Access program is to transform Lykins from a food desert into a food oasis. We will do this by combining food access with education and economic opportunity in order to mobilize the community toward significant environmental change.
Program Success Monitored By We will monitor the success of our program through the number of participants, then number of gardens created by former participants, the amount of revenue generated from healthy food retail in our community, and self-reported improvements in quality of life by former participants.
Examples of Program Success Over a hundred households have participated in our Community Garden program, and the new Healthy Food Access program expands that by adding classes on cooking, nutrition, processing, and marketing.
Free after school programs give Lykins students access to materials such as art supplies and computers that may not be available to them at home, and they also help youth develop skills and build relationships with mentors. Our after school programs have a STEM + Art focus, which includes computer coding, robotics, and arts and crafts.
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success After School STEAM will use creativity and critical thinking to enrich the lives of students, and it will also help them to succeed in their current schools.
Long-Term Success Students will gain knowledge and skills related to science, technology engineering, math, and art in order to have great economic and aesthetic success as adults.
Program Success Monitored By We will partner with parents and teachers in order to observe the academic and emotional well-being of our after school students. We will know that the program is successful as participating youth excel in program activities such as coding or art, are doing well at home, and are earning good grades at school.
Examples of Program Success Our past After School Art program was fun and constructive for the dozens of neighborhood kids with whom we were able to work. Now that we have our own building, we have the space to expand and improve the program with art as well as science an technology.
Description Our internship is a 4-8 week intensive for students from around the globe to come get hands on experience with sustainable technologies, community development and healthy food access.  We engage our interns in everything we do, from research to building to community engagement.  We form a team that depends on each other and learns to delegate, lead and work together to accomplish realistic goals.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success There's always new applicants and people who want to learn.
Long-Term Success We've had a succession of successful interns throughout the last 6 years.  They've come from around the globe, and many have gone on to further higher education and graduation as well starting and completing their own projects, businesses and organizations.  We have hired some internally, and would love to find funding to hire more. We seem to get the best of the best of people who want to use their lives to truly make a difference on the planet.
Program Success Monitored By We ask feedback from our interns on what they've learned, how they were impacted.  We also follow up with many to find they've gone on to do their own great things in other places.
Examples of Program Success Acceptance into the college of their choice, scholarship rewards, successful businesses and knowledge and experience gained.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Term Start Apr 2012
Jason Fields has 20 years of entrepreneurial and management experience, founding three businesses as well as many programs within UFG. He loves to build, organize, and step away from things to see them fly. Growing, making, and creating are basic enjoyments and a regular part of Jason's life. Jason and his family moved into the area 10 years ago to invest and engage their lives within the neighborhood where UFG is based.
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 250
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
Term Apr 2012 to Apr 2020
Board Members
Mr. Jason FieldsUrban Farming Guys
Mr. Daniel GidmanStackify
Ms. Michele MayoUrban Farming Guys
Mr. Jason SlatteryDC Dream Center
Mr. David WoodrumHarvest of Jubilee Groups International
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $290,000
Projected Expenses $290,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$211,607$218,896$192,058
Administration Expense$34,214$23,209$20,395
Fundraising Expense$15,669$15,518$15,896
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.251.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$549,124$486,310$383,395
Current Assets$58,703$7,306$13,353
Long-Term Liabilities$237,039$145,427$137,601
Current Liabilities$46,602$67,846$37,727
Total Net Assets$265,483$273,037$208,067
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.260.110.35
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets43%30%36%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $50,000 --J.R. Albert Foundation $75,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealth Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $29,833 --Individual Donor $35,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNetwork for Good $28,732 --Individual Donor $32,500
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name The Urban Farming Guys
Address 3700 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Phone (913) 732-3554
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Mr. Jason Fields
Board Chair Company Affiliation Urban Farming Guys
Year of Incorporation 2012